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1966 FIFA World Cup

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Tournament details:

Host country England Dates 11–30 July (20 days) Teams 16 (from 4 confederations) Venue(s) 8 (in 7 host cities) Final positions Champions England (1st title) Runners-up West Germany Third place Portugal Fourth place Soviet Union Tournament statistics Matches played 32 Goals scored 89 (2.78 per match) Attendance 1,563,135 (48,848 per match) Top scorer(s) Portugal Eusébio (9 goals) Best young player Germany Franz Beckenbauer

The 1966 FIFA World Cup, the eighth staging of the World Cup, was held in England from 11 to 30 July. England beat West Germany 4–2 in the final, winning the Jules Rimet Trophy. With this victory, England won their first FIFA World Cup title and became the third World Cup host to win the tournament after Uruguay in 1930 and Italy in 1934.

The 1966 Final, held at Wembley Stadium,[1] was the last to be broadcast in black and white.[2] The tournament held a 28-year FIFA record for the largest average attendance until it was surpassed by the United States in 1994

African boycott

Sixteen African nations boycotted the tournament in protest at a 1964 FIFA ruling that required the three second-round winners from the African zone to enter a play-off round against the winners of the Asian zone in order to win a place at the finals. The Africans felt that winning their zone was enough in itself to merit qualification for the finals. They also protested against the readmission of South Africa to FIFA in 1963, despite its expulsion from CAF due to apartheid regime. South Africa was subsequently assigned to Asia and Oceania qualifying group, before being suspended again under pressure from other African nations in October, 1964. Despite this, all African teams decided anyway to pull out of World Cup until at least one African team had not had a place assured in the World Cup: which happened only from 1970 FIFA World Cup on


The 1966 World Cup had a rather unusual hero off the field, a dog called Pickles. In the build-up to the tournament, the Jules Rimet trophy was stolen from an exhibition display. A nationwide hunt for the icon ensued. It was later discovered wrapped in newspaper as the dog sniffed under some bushes in London. The FA commissioned a replica cup in case the original cup was not found in time. This replica is held at the English National Football Museum in Manchester, where it is on display.[4]

The draw for the final tournament, taking place on 6 January 1966 at the Royal Garden Hotel in London was the first ever to be televised, with England, West Germany, Brazil and Italy as seeds.

Match officials


  • Ali Kandil (United Arab Republic)


  • Menachem Ashkenazi (Israel)

North America

  • Arturo Yamasaki (Mexico)

South America

  • José María Codesal (Uruguay)
  • Roberto Goicoechea (Argentina)
  • Armando Marques (Brazil)


  • John Adair (Northern Ireland)
  • Tofiq Bahramov (Soviet Union)
  • Leo CallaghanC (Wales)
  • Joaquim Campos (Portugal)
  • Ken Dagnall (England)
  • Gottfried Dienst (Switzerland)
  • Jim Finney (England)
  • Karol Galba (Czechoslavakia)
  • Juan Gardeazábal Garay (Spain)
  • Rudolf Kreitlein (West Germany)
  • Concetto Lo Bello (Italy)
  • Bertil Lööw (Sweden)
  • George McCabe (England)
  • Hugh Phillips (Scotland)
  • Dimitar Rumentchev (Bulgaria)
  • Pierre Schwinte (France)
  • Kurt Tschenscher (West Germany)
  • Konstantin Zečević (Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia)
  • István Zsolt (Hungary)

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